Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is an important technology for handling geographic data and has wide application for studies of the environment. This course provides the essentials for using a GIS to create map outputs and perform typical spatial analysis operations.

Effective use of a GIS requires a fundamental understanding of data types, data management approaches and design of outputs. In this live online course we will examine vector and raster data to identify their appropriate use, show how data in different map projections can be combined, review and practice cartographic techniques to create attractive and informative map outputs and perform common spatial analysis tasks to derive solutions to questions. A strong emphasis will be placed on using GIS software to give you experience in using the tools available.

At a glance

  • Dates
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  • DurationFive days
  • LocationOnline
  • Cost£1,400 Concessions available

Course structure

This is a five day course delivered live online. Each day will be a mixture of presentations to provide learning on data types, projections, cartography, data processing and spatial analysis, supported by online tutorial exercises using GIS software accessible online or on your own device.

What you will learn

On successful completion of this online short course you will be able to:

  • Identify the functional components of a GIS,
  • Define system specifications including projections, data and process modelling,
  • Organise, using appropriate data structures, geographic data within a GIS,
  • Analyse and evaluate data and prepare digital databases using GIS software,
  • Summarise, using maps and tables, the results of GIS based analyses.

Core content

 On this course you will learn about the following:

  • GIS theory - data structures; data formats; data storage; spatial and non-spatial data; spatial querying; analysis techniques – reclassification, overlay, proximity, mensuration, visualisation, map algebra; hardware and software; system specification; projections; datums; spheroids,
  • Hands-on exercises using a GIS software application.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for those who wish to: 

  • Explore the capabilities of GIS for analysing spatial data and creating spatial outputs,
  • Receive formal training in the use of GIS,
  • Gain greater insights into data structures and their appropriate application.


Tim Brewer

Ian Truckell

Joanna Zawadzka


20% discount for Cranfield alumni, 10% discount for colleagues of alumni.

£1,340 Professional/trade association discount.

£1,280 Multiple bookings*

*minimum of 5 delegates

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